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National swim team coaches from the United States, Hong Kong and Australia suspect the Chinese women's team of using steroids in the wake of China's world-best performances during last month's Asian Games. Richard Quick, coach of the U.S. national team and Stanford women's team, said he felt obligated to speak out after the Chinese produced three times that rank No. 1 in the world this year and three others that are No. 2 during the competition at Beijing.
April 23, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The number that matters most is not 500. The number that matters most is 0. That is the number of major league players that have hit more home runs this season than Albert Pujols. He got a mighty sweet serenade in the visiting clubhouse in Washington on Tuesday night after he hit his 500th home run. But the Angels are not paying him a quarter-billion dollars for reminders of how great he was when he played for the St. Louis Cardinals. INTERACTIVE: Compare salaries on Angels, Nationals If that really is the classic Pujols back at-bat, that would be a big swing toward an October different from the last two, when he and the Angels stayed home and the Pujols-less Cardinals advanced deep into the playoffs.
February 27, 1989 | ELLIOTT ALMOND and JULIE CART, Times Staff Writers
Breaking four years of silence, two-time Olympian Diane Williams said Sunday that she took anabolic steroids before the 1984 Los Angeles Games. Williams, 28, who finished fourth in the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic trials in July, 1984, also said in an interview with ABC's Donna de Varona that she failed a drug test during the trials in the Coliseum.
April 21, 2014 | By George Miller, Rosa DeLauro and Louise Slaughter
Many supporters of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade agreement are arguing that its fate rests on President Obama's bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan this week. If Japan and the United States can sort out market access issues for agriculture and automobiles, the wisdom goes, this huge deal - in effect, a North American Free Trade Agreement on steroids - can at last be concluded. But this view obscures the many seemingly intractable problems TPP negotiators are grappling with.
August 6, 1989 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, Times Staff Writer
Jim Doehring, a 1988 Olympic shotputter, is caught in a contradiction: He is concerned about the abuse of steroids but is not willing to give up his own use for fear of being left behind. Doehring admitted Friday that he has used steroids to help him remain a world-class track and field competitor, but he also said he wishes he didn't feel a need to do so. "I'd love to do that (compete drug-free against drug-free opponents)," he said. "I know I can throw clean just as far as anyone can."
February 13, 1989
Ha, ha, ha. This is some kind of ironic joke isn't it? As a body-builder I can't legally take steroids. But all meat-eating Americans take steroids (Op-Ed Page, Jan. 30) whether they want them or not--and it's legal! DOUGLAS HERMAN Santa Monica
December 17, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Steroids were found in the room of Garrett Reid the day he died of a fatal heroin dose at Philadelphia Eagles training camp this summer, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said Monday. Reid, the son of Eagles Coach Andy Reid, was helping the team's strength and conditioning coach at the time of his death, prompting speculation that the anabolic steroids could have been meant for players. Northampton County Dist. Atty. John Morganelli said there was no evidence that Reid was providing players with the steroids and that investigators could not determine if the drugs were for Reid's personal use or distribution, according to the Associated Press.
July 11, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
John Rocker, the hard-throwing left-handed reliever who often opened his mouth and inserted his foot while playing in the majors, was at it again this week, saying baseball was more entertaining and a better game when players were using performance-enhancing drugs. Rocker, whose rants in the past were sometimes racist and usually offensive, told a CBS Sports Radio show on WRKR-FM in Cleveland on Tuesday that people were getting their money's worth when the players were juiced. “Honestly, and this may go against what some people think from an ethical standpoint, I think it was the better game," Rocker said of the steroids era. "At the end of the day when people are paying their $80, $120 whatever it may be, to buy their ticket and come watch that game, it's almost like the circus is in town.
February 10, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
A potentially nasty legal battle between Angels slugger Albert Pujols and former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Jack Clark was avoided Monday when Clark issued a public apology for last summer's comments accusing Pujols of using performance-enhancing drugs. Pujols, in turn, said he would drop the defamation lawsuit he filed in St. Louis County in October that accused Clark of disseminating “malicious, reckless and outrageous falsehoods” about him in an attempt to “generate attention and ratings” for Clark's new sports-radio talk show.
January 10, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
OK, I get it: steroids are bad and cheating is worse. What I don't get is why Hall of Fame voters have decided to draw this line at this time. Long-time members of the Baseball Writers Assn. of America, who sit as judge and jury to decide who gets in the Hall and who doesn't, voted this week to enshrine pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas in Cooperstown. Fine. All three are deserving and the Hall is much richer with their inclusion. Passed over again, however, were Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro.
January 7, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The Hall of Fame shut its doors to the living last year. That was a metaphor, or so we were told. No breathing inductees, and down the slippery slope to irrelevance. Nonsense then, absurdity now. One year after the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America didn't elect anyone, the Hall of Fame is poised to welcome what might be the largest induction class in its 75-year history. Greg Maddux will be elected when the tally of the votes is announced Wednesday, and he will challenge Tom Seaver's record 98.84% of the ballots.
December 19, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- You can add all the apps in the world to that phone in the palm of your hand. But the device manufacturer still has more say over how your phone looks and works than you do. Some people in the tech community don't think it should be that way. "I am a big believer that if you buy one of these devices, you should have the freedom to do what you want with it," said Steve Kondik, co-founder of Cyanogen. Kondik, with co-founder Kirt McMaster, takes the open source code Google makes freely available to create CyanogenMod, an alternative to the Android software that manufacturers put on mobile devices that is itself built on Android.
October 14, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
People who follow the endless saga of doping in sports know there's one hard-and-fast rule: Any time a big name gets whacked, the quality of public debate on the issue plummets. That's certainly true of the case of Yankees third-baseman Alex Rodriguez, one of the highest-profile pro athletes ever accused of doping. Given that the playoffs between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers feature two players tainted by scandal--Sunday's hero David Ortiz of the Red Sox, who copped in 2009 to testing positive for steroid use years earlier, and Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who returned to the lineup in September after a 50-game suspension--it's timely to look again at doping in baseball, and what the league, the fans, and sportswriters get wrong about it. The A-Rod case puts it all in perspective.
October 4, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Albert Pujols wasn't bluffing. The Angels slugger followed through on his threat of legal action, filing a defamation lawsuit Friday in Missouri against Jack Clark for his accusation that Pujols used performance-enhancing drugs. In the suit, Pujols accuses Clark of disseminating "malicious, reckless and outrageous falsehoods" about him, and says Clark's accusations were "an outrageous ploy to generate attention and ratings" for Clark's new sports-radio talk show. Clark, whose show began airing on WGNU in St. Louis early in August, based his accusation on conversations he said he had with Chris Mihlfeld, Pujols' former personal trainer.
August 1, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
This could be the drug-testing equivalent of a home run trot for Major League Baseball. More than a dozen players, including the game's active home run leader, Alex Rodriguez, reportedly are set to be suspended for violations of the sport's drug policy. The recent suspension of 2011 most valuable player Ryan Braun for the rest of this season has already won hearty applause by anti-doping leaders. MLB does a superior job in confronting performance-enhancing drugs compared to the nation's three other major pro sports leagues, anti-doping experts say. Baseball conducted more than 5,000 urine and blood drug tests last year, and has its own team of investigators to partner with law enforcement to pursue drug-violation leads like those in the Biogenesis case.
July 29, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Sunday's baseball Hall of Fame induction without any recent players generated a pre-game conversation with Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly about where it goes on from here for players stained by the steroid era. “When you look at it, you want to know what you're voting on -- did he do it on his own ability?” Mattingly said. “It makes it tough. You really don't know. Even today, you watch guys play and one year to the next they're different players, so you say, 'What's going on?
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